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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and the
Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)
April 26, 2005

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

February 23, 2004

This Alliance was initially signed by the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (PLANET), an association which merged with the Professional Lawn Care Association of America to form the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) in January, 2005.

Overview

The OSHA and PLANET Alliance focuses on providing large and small landscape industry businesses, their employees, including youth and non-English speaking workers, with information and guidance that will help them reduce strains caused by manual material handling; amputations; motor vehicle crashes; and slips, trips, and falls injuries.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
   
Bob Curtis
Beau Ellis
Rick Harris
Jim Mitchell
Bob Nester
Lisa Ramber
Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
Office of Small Business Assistances (OSBA)
Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
OOSA
   
Contributors  
   
Glen Lamson
Paul Murphy
SLTC
SLTC/OSHA Contractor
   
AAOHN:  
   
Kirsten Combs
Betsy Demorest
Debra Holder
Scott Jamieson
Mari Medrano
Barb Mulhern
Peter Ruvalcaba
David Snodgrass
Tanya Tolpegin
Safety Program Coordinator
Events and Products Manager
Executive Director (former)
Safety and Insurance Committee, The Care of Trees
Safety Officer, CoCal Landscaping
Safety Specialist
Safety Consultant
Chairman, Safety & Insurance Manager, Dennis' Seven Dees Landscaping
Chief Operating Officer

Evaluation Period

February 23, 2004 February 22, 2005

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
April 8, 2004
July 16, 2004
August 24, 2004
September 9, 2004
September 23, 2004
November 3, 2004
December 6, 2004
December 17, 2004
Kick off meeting
Team Meeting
Conference Call
Conference Call
Conference Call
Meeting at GIC
Conference Call
Conference Call

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goal


    • Develop and deliver safety training programs designed to meet the needs of the diverse workforce, using appropriate language, media, and delivery methods. Identify and mentor potential trainers who are bilingual and have knowledge of the industry to teach the courses.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and PLANET Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    Outreach and Communication Goals

    • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's and PLANET's Web sites.
    Products

    Landscape and Horticultural Services Safety and Health Topics Page


    Members from the OSHA - PLANET Alliance implementation team provided information, landscaping industry photographs and comments to OSHA's SLTC staff during the development of OSHA's Landscape and Horticultural Services Safety and Health Topics page. The following PLANET representatives will be members of the page's editorial board:

    • Dave Snodgrass - Dennis' Seven Dees Landscaping
    • John Rovedo - American Civil Contractors, Inc.
    • Barb Mulhern - Safety Specialist
    OSHA and PLANET Alliance Web Page

    OSHA developed an OSHA and PLANET Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The Web page includes hyperlinks to the OSHA and PLANET Alliance agreement, OSHA news releases, a photograph of the signing ceremony, activities and events, products and resources, and milestones and successes. For more information on the number of visits to the OSHA and PLANET Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach table in section C of this report.

    PLANET and OSHA Alliance Web Page

    PLANET established a PLANET - OSHA Web page, which links to the PLANET - OSHA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site. Also, the PLANET Web page will link to PLANET's Safety Tips Sheets as they are developed and to OSHA's Landscaping and Horticultural Services Safety and Health Topics page when it is posted on OSHA's Web site.

    PLANET Safety Tips Fact Sheet Series

    Through the OSHA and PLANET Alliance, the association is developing a Safety Tips Fact Sheet on slips, trips and falls in English and in Spanish and will post it on its Web site. It will be available to the landscape industry companies, employees and the public. The fact sheet discusses the causes of slips and trips injuries and how to prevent them.

    Slip and Trip Injuries is the first in a series of four tips sheets that PLANET will develop. The other sheets will address Defensive Driving, Manual Material Moving, and Prevention of Amputations which are focus areas identified in the OSHA PLANET Alliance agreement.

    PLANET Safety SOLUTIONS Newsletter

    PLANET publishes Safety SOLUTIONS, a monthly members-only newsletter. Articles on the OSHA PLANET Alliance and OSHA safety and health information are included in nearly every issue. For example, the November 2004 issue featured articles, "OSHA and Safety Update: Are you Prepared?" and "OSHA Alliance Update." This edition also included hyperlinks to OSHA's Strategic Management Plan Web page and OSHA's Spanish language Web page, OSHA en Espaol.

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at PLANET and OSHA conferences such as local meetings, the Landscape Industry Conference & GIE, Student Career Days, PLANET Forum, Specialty Symposiums and other events.
    Events

    Green Industry Conference (GIC), Charlotte, North Carolina, November 3-6, 2004


    PLANET's Green Industry Conference (GIC) was held November 3-6, 2004 at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC. OSHA, North Carolina Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and PLANET shared an exhibit booth in the PLANET Resource Center at the convention center. OSHA, North Carolina Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health representatives and PLANET representatives distributed publications and answered questions from PLANET members. There were approximately 4,000 attendees at this event.

    Green Industry Exposition (GIE), Harrisburg, North Carolina, November 4, 2004

    PLANET's Green Industry Exposition (GIE) was held in conjunction with the GIC on November 4, 2004 in Harrisburg, North Carolina. OSHA and North Carolina Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health representatives had an exhibit booth, distributed publications and answered questions from PLANET's members. There were approximately 1,000 attendees at this event.

    • Promote and encourage PLANET members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and PLANET Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Work with other Alliance Program participants on specific issues and projects in the landscape industry that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and PLANET Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.
      Promoting the National Dialogue Goals:

    • In speeches and other public appearances PLANET leaders/mentors will demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health and raise the awareness of effective safety and health management in the industry.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and PLANET Alliance Implementation Team did not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues, especially those relating to "hard-to reach" and non-English speaking workers.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and PLANET Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.
  2. Executive Summary

    In the first year of the Alliance, OSHA and PLANET established an excellent working relationship. Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and PLANET are working to reduce injuries and exposure to hazards in the workplace for the landscape industry.

    OSHA developed an OSHA and PLANET Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and PLANET Alliance agreement, OSHA news releases, a photograph of the signing ceremony, and activities and events, products and resources, and milestones and successes. PLANET also established a PLANET - OSHA Web page, which links to the PLANET - OSHA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site.

    The Alliance implementation team also worked together to provide OSHA with input on the development of an OSHA electronic assistance tool; Landscaping and Horticultural Services Safety and Health Topics page. The tool will be posted on OSHA's Web site. In addition, Dave Snodgrass, John Rovedo, and Barb Mulhern will become members of the editorial board for the Topics page when it becomes available to the public.

    Through the Alliance, OSHA, PLANET and North Carolina Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health representatives shared an exhibit booth at the Green Industry Conference in Charlotte, NC. In addition, OSHA and North Carolina Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health representatives staffed an exhibit booth at the Green Industry Exposition in Harrisburg, NC. At both events, OSHA and North Carolina Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health representatives answered attendees' questions and distributed publications.

    In addition, PLANET began developing and OSHA will provide feedback on PLANET's Slip and Trip Injuries Safety Tips Facts Sheet. This document is the first in a series of four tips sheets. The other sheets will address Defensive Driving, Manual Material Moving and Prevention of Amputations identified as focus areas in the OSHA PLANET Alliance agreement. The Safety Tips Facts Sheets will be posted on PLANET's Web site, be available in English and Spanish and linked to, as appropriate, from OSHA's Web site.

    PLANET also developed articles on safety and health topics for the landscape industry. Through the Alliance, PLANET shared information with OSHA by furnishing copies of the articles, such as those in PLANET's SafetySoultions newsletter.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached
February 26, 2004, "OSHA Forms Alliance Focusing on Landscape Work"
BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter
Data not available
March 10, 2004, "OSHA Aligns With Landscapers for Worker Safety"
Safety2.blr.com
Data not available
April 5, 2004, "ALCA AND OSHA FORM ALLIANCE ALCA and OSHA Unite in Efforts to Provide a Safer Work Environment for the Landscape Industry"
PLANET News Release
Data not available
September 2004, "Reduce Injuries and Fatalities Thorough Safety Programs Can Help Landscape Companies Avoid OSHA-Related Litigation"
Landscape Management
Data not available
October 2004, "ALCA Expands Efforts to Promote Safety"
Landscape Contractor News
2,500
November 2004, "ALCA Adds Safety Hotline to Long List of Member Benefits,"
Landscape Contractor News
2,500
November 3-5, 2004, Green Industry Conference, Charlotte, NC
OSHA exhibited
4,000
November 4, 2004, Green Industry Exposition, Harrisburg, NC
OSHA exhibited
1,000
November 2004, "OSHA and Safety Update: Are You Prepared"
PLANET's SafetySolutions newsletter
7,000
December 1, 2004, "Landscape Contractors Take Workplace Safety to the Next Level"
PLANET News Release
Data not available
OSHA and PLANET Alliance Web page 4,800
PLANET - OSHA Alliance Web page on PLANET's Web site Data not available
TOTAL 21,800

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, OSHA and PLANET will continue its excellent working relationship and collaborate on a number of projects to support the Alliance agreement.

The OSHA and PLANET Alliance will finalize the development of four Safety Tips Facts Sheets, in English and Spanish, on the landscape industry hazards identified as focus areas in the Alliance agreement. Topics of the Safety Tips Fact Sheets will be: Slip and Trip Injuries, Manual Material Moving, Defensive Driving and Prevention of Amputations.

Through the Alliance, OSHA and PLANET will continue efforts to finalize OSHA's Landscape and Horticultural Safety and Health Topics page. PLANET members, Dave Snodgrass, John Rovedo, and Barb Mulhern will become members of the Landscaping and Horticultural Services Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board when the page is launched.

OSHA and PLANET will continue to raise awareness of safety and health issues pertinent to the landscaping industry through joint activities at the PLANET Student Career Days, which will be held March 20-21, 2005 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. OSHA, PLANET, and a Maryland Occupational Safety and Health representative will share an exhibit booth on March 20, 2005, at the Student Career Fair, a recruitment fair held during Student Career Days. In addition, OSHA Region III and Maryland Occupational Safety and Health will provide safety observers to monitor the twenty-three competitive events known as the "Olympics of the Green Industry" at the University of Maryland on March 21, 2005.

The OSHA and PLANET Alliance will consider opportunities to promote and educate others on safety and health issues associated with the landscaping industry, such as at the Green Industry Conference and Exposition, November 2-5, 2005 in Orlando, Florida. PLANET will be inviting OSHA to exhibit at the conference and to give a presentation on OSHA's Consultation Program.

In addition, PLANET will continue to develop articles on safety and health topics, for its members and others, on OSHA's compliance assistance materials and safety and health that impact landscape industry.


Report prepared by: Richard L. Harris, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services Alliances, April 29, 2005